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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his brother-in-law has been sentenced in District Court to 12 months probation, after he pled guilty to third-degree assault under a plea agreement with the government last week. When given the chance to address the court, Soli Laupama, who...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —This month, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is recognizing National PTSD Awareness Month, an important topic of concern for our veterans and armed forces. She released the following statement highlighting the serious nature of this national health need: “This year, the...
DOC director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 2018 Agriculture Census for Ta’u in the Manu’a island group got underway this week and will take two weeks, according to the Commerce Department, which officially launched the Agriculture Census on May 1st, starting with Tutuila with public awareness programs through...
ASCC - Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Safety Day for Children 2019 is this Thursday and youngsters between 6 and 14 years old are invited to sign up and register for this annual program, hosted by the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Agriculture Community and Natural Resources (Land Grant Program);...
ASCC marine science students and Olosega Elementary School students
Ofu, MANUA — While the near-shore reef pools of Toaga beach in Ofu are world famous amongst coral reef researchers, many American Samoa residents have not visited them. Faculty and students from the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science Program, with support from the science...
Fatu ma Futi above and below the water line.
University of Newcastle, AUSTRALIA — A geologic one-two punch rocked the South Pacific in September 2009, as a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the coast of the island nation of Samoa, followed mere moments later by a similarly intense tremor. A towering tsunami soon crashed onto the shores of...
Faasao Marist High School Class of 2019
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a spirited commencement ceremony, 48 seniors of Faasao-Marist High School congratulated and cheered each other on as they received their diplomas and graduated, during a 2-hour celebration held Saturday morning, June 8th, at the Fatu-O-Aiga Hall. The theme of the...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 52-year-old man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Faavae Alofatalitiga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US National Marine Fisheries Service has reiterated its argument that, among other things, the Territory of American Samoa — through ASG — lacks standing to bring a lawsuit against the federal government, and requested a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling by...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man during a volleyball game in Tafuna last year appeared in District Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing, before Judge Elvis P. Patea. Falaniko Apelu, who was released on his own recognizance, was initially charged with third...

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